We are automatically waiving the $75 application fee for all Master of Engineering and Graduate Certificate in Engineering applicants! Click here to learn more.

No Application Fee

MAGE is automatically waiving the $75 application fee for all Master of Engineering and Graduate Certificate in Engineering applicants through June 30, 2024. Read on to learn more about the complete application process.

Required Materials

Applications will not be reviewed until the Graduate School Application has been fully completed. Information and resources required in the application include: 

  • Application Fee: A $75 fee is required to complete an application.   No Application Fee: for Master of Engineering and Graduate Certificate in Engineering applicants only through June 30, 2024.

  • Letters of Recommendation: We accept academic and/or professional references.
    Master of Engineering (M.Eng) applicants must identify three individuals to provide recommendations. 
    Graduate Certificate in Engineering (GCEN) applicants are not required to submit letters of recommendation.

  • English proficiency scores: International applicants only. 

  • Unofficial Transcripts:  
    You must upload unofficial transcripts to the application portal. Only admitted students who choose to enroll will be required to submit official hardcopy transcripts to the Graduate School. 
    International applicants, if your transcript was issued in a different language, you must also include a literal English translation. Degree certificates should also be uploaded for any completed international degree.

  • GRE Test Scores: Submission of your GRE test scores is recommended but not required.

In your application, please focus on the required items described above. Inclusion of other materials is not recommended as they will generally not be considered in making admission decisions.


Application Deadlines

  On-Campus Domestic On-Campus International Online Domestic and International
Spring Dec. 15th Sept. 24th Dec. 15th
Summer May 15th n/a May 15th
Fall July 31st Mar. 8th July 31st

International applicants that will require a student visa must submit an application by the On-Campus International deadline regardless of whether they are in or out of the country.


Application Instructions

Applications are submitted online via the Graduate School websiteTo begin the Graduate School application, click here. When creating your application account, please ensure that your name matches the name listed on your official, government-issued identification (e.g., passport). 

As you move through the application, you will see several tabs appear requesting required information. For more details on what is required in specific tabs, see drop-downs below.

After responding to all required and relevant items, you may submit your application.

Master of Engineering applicants:

  • Application Type: Degree
  • Level of Study: Master’s
  • Intended Program of Study: Select which program you plan to pursue. M.Eng programs end with “M.Eng” and include the word “Professional” in the title
  • Term of Entrance: Select the term you wish to be considered for. We are not able to move an application once it has been submitted.

Graduate Certificate in Engineering applicants:

  • Application Type: Certificate
  • Intended Program of Study: Select which program you plan to pursue
  • Term of Entrance: Select the term you wish to be considered for. We are not able to move an application once it has been submitted.

Please enter information for every institution that you have earned a degree from or completed relevant coursework at. Include your cumulative GPA for each school attended as listed on your transcript. International students should NOT convert their GPA to the 4.0 scale.

The Master of Engineering and Graduate Certificate in Engineering programs have specialty tuition rates which do not differ between residents and non-residents of Maryland. This program does not provide departmental assistantships or fellowships.

Share your experience as it relates to one of the prompts listed in the application. Responses can be brief (~250 words suggested). You can address more than one subject, but you would need to upload a separate document to each prompt.

  • Statement of Purpose
    • A traditional Statement of Purpose is not required for the Master of Engineering or Graduate Certificate in Engineering degree programs. Instead, please upload the following statement to the Statement of Purpose section: 

      I [Full Name] understand that I am applying for the [Degree - M. Eng. or GCEN] program in [Program Name]. I understand there is no research or thesis in the program and no financial assistance provided.

      Optional: In addition to the required prompt above, applicants can address the following optional statement:

      In 500 words or less, describe your short and long term professional goals and how the professional graduate engineering program will help you achieve them

  • Supplementary Application *Cybersecurity ONLY 
    • Cybersecurity applicants may upload certification documentation to this section. Please reference the Admission Requirements section on the Cybersecurity page for information on which certifications may be considered.

Input the name and email address of each of your recommenders on this page. The recommenders will receive an email with a link to submit a letter on your behalf directly to the application portal.

Applicants must submit official score reports to the Graduate School for a score to be considered. Self-reported test scores will not be used during the review process but can be helpful for the Graduate School to match official score reports to an application.

All incomplete applications and applications from international students who are not cleared for admission will be rejected. Applicants who do not register for the semester for which they are admitted will also have their admission terminated.


    A. James Clark School of Engineering Graduates and Alumni

    The application process is easier than ever! If you have earned your degree from Maryland Engineering or will soon, MAGE will waive 2 of the 3 required letters of recommendation for Master of Engineering applicants. We will also waive your Master of Engineering application fee.

    Offer limited to one application fee waiver code per applicant. If you wish to apply to more than one program, you will need to pay the fee for each additional application.

    Please follow these steps:

    • Start filling out an application for any M.Eng. or GCEN program, following the instructions here. 
    • When you arrive at the letter of recommendation page, please email mage@umd.edu to request that 2 of your letters of recommendation be waived and a fee waiver code provided. Please include your name, email address, UID and the 4 letter program code (list of advanced engineering program codes can be found here).
    • A MAGE staff member will confirm that you are a Clark School graduate or alum and manually waive 2 of the 3 letters. They will respond within 3 business days to provide an update and a fee waiver code.
    • Submit your application prior to the application deadline.



    • If you need to make any changes after you have submitted the application, or if you have any technical difficulties with the online application, you must contact the Graduate School at gradappsupport@umd.edu.
    • For all other questions relating to the application process, please contact one of our admissions staff members.
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    Emily Golub

    2105 JM Patterson, College Park, MD 20742
    301-405-7712 |  mage@umd.edu

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